According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary definition, an accident is a sudden event that is not planned or intended and that causes damage or injury. Whereas, crash: is to hit something hard enough to cause serious damage or destruction. You may be wondering, why does this matter? Well, there has been a growing number of advocates wanting to shift from the use of the word accident. According to some federal, state and local leaders, there is a negative connotation associated with this termed word.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has coined the mission to reduce the number of deaths or injuries on roadways, including drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. In 2014, over 3,000 individuals were killed in distracted driving crashes alone.
Dr. Mark Rosekind, head of the NHTSA, has added his voice on the term accident by stating, “..Language can be everything. In my agency, crash is not an accident.”, while at a driver safety conference earlier this month. He goes on to share that 32, 675 lives were lost on roads in 2014 and that of those lives lost, they were 100% preventable.
In New York, Families for Safe Streets has launched a campaign to begin using “crash” instead of “accident”. These advocates want to focus on the fact that many traffic fatalities are preventable – not inevitable. Roughly 28 state departments of transportation have joined the push to avoid “accident”, when referring to traffic incidents.
Many are still hesitant to change their 100-year-mentality of the term accident. At Parker Law Firm, we believe that people matter.
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